Oneworld will launch a new crime imprint, Point Blank, in spring 2016.
The list will be curated by editor Jenny Parrott and will encompass literary crime, thrillers and psychological suspense by UK and international writers.
The list will launch in February with French Concession, a “bold and smokily atmospheric Chinese noir" by Xiao Bai, and A Perfect Crime by A Yi, described by the Wall Street Journal as a “psychological probe into a pathological mind”.
A Siege of Bitterns, a tightly-plotted “birder murder” set in Norfolk featuring a police detective with a passion for bird-watching by Steve Burrows will be published in April. Two more from Burrows will follow with A Pitying of Doves in June and A Case of Falcons in September.
In April, Karen Lee Street’s trilogy will open with Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster, which will see Poe join forces with his famous literary creation, C Auguste Dupin, to unravel a mystery.
Ryan Ireland’s Beyond the Horizon, described by Shortlist as “mythical dangerous and deeply unsettling”, will be out in February and his “thrilling” second novel, Ghosts of the Desert will come in May.
Acquisitions for 2017 include The Waters and The Wild by DeSales Harrison, a literary psychological suspense story about a dead girl and a mysterious poem; The Pictures by Guy Bolton, a "twisty noir" set against the golden age of Hollywood; a witch-hunting trilogy consisting of Stranger Magic, Strange Tricks and Strange Fear by Syd Moore; Three Envelopes by Nir Hezroni, a "scarily gripping" story from Israel of a psychopathic Mossad agent; Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love, a "taut thriller in which a woman gang leader fights to stay alive in South Central LA"; and Back Up by Paul Colize, a French novel about a British rock group who "meet a sticky end" on tour in Berlin.
Parrott said: “Novels published by Point Blank will be exciting reads. As an imprint the plan is to take a global and eclectic view, concentrating on literary novels but sneaking some commercial reads under the wire too. We won’t be afraid of a challenging or experimental novel, or a work in translation, as long as the book promises something special. Our aim is to be ground-breaking in regards to content or style, or to offer an unusual take on a familiar crime genre. Most of all, we want to publish compelling crime, mystery and suspense novels that readers will eagerly devour and then want to recommend to their friends.”
Marketing for the imprint will include Point Blank crime presenters, samplers and book proofs, as well as social media campaigns using the hashtag #pointblank, which will include giveaways, author chats and pre-publication extracts.